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Steph Curry trolls ref on Instagram after controversial loss vs. T'Wolves

Steph Curry trolls ref on Instagram after controversial loss vs. T'Wolves

The Warriors were furious with the officials following their 131-130 overtime loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday night, and their frustration extended to the social media realm.

Trailing by three with 4.4 seconds left in overtime, Kevin Durant caught the ball, turned and drilled a 3-pointer to tie the game while being fouled by T'Wolves swingman Keita Bates-Diop. But official Marat Kogut said the foul occurred before Durant was in the shooting motion, nullifying the game-tying triple. The Warriors would tie the game seconds later on a Steph Curry 3-pointer, with Curry, Durant and other Warriors pointing in Kogut's face as they headed back to the bench. 

The Warriors were victims of another puzzling call on the ensuing inbounds play with 0.5 seconds remaining, and this one would cost them the game. Anthony Tolliver threw a lob for Karl-Anthony Towns that soared over the big man's head, but head official Leon Wood whistled Durant for a foul that sent Towns to the free throw line to give Minnesota the win.

Curry, Durant and head coach Steve Kerr took shots at the officials after the game, especially Kogut, who Curry called "the MVP."

After his press conference, Curry took another dig at Kogut on Instagram when he commented on a post that showed the Warriors star getting slapped in the heel while shooting a 3-pointer in overtime.

Durant also threw some shade at the officials on Instagram after the game, directing his ire at Wood.

The officiating Friday night in Minnesota infuriated the Warriors, but they should lay the blame for the loss partially at their own feet, Golden State held a 14-point lead at halftime and led by as many as 19 points in the third quarter. The Warriors can point their fingers at Kogut and Wood for the reason they left Minnesota with a loss, but the game shouldn't have gotten to that point in the first place.

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With the loss, the Warriors are now tied with the Denver Nuggets for the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference. The Dubs have been frustratingly inconsistent since the All-Star break and the loss in Minnesota, regardless of officiating, is another example of that. They have two weeks to clean things up before the NBA playoffs begin.

There's no reason to expect they won't be fine once the bright lights come, as long as Kogut isn't officiating their games, that is.

Andrew Bogut explains how becoming father changed his life perspective

Andrew Bogut explains how becoming father changed his life perspective

Programming note: Watch the pregame edition of Warriors Outsiders on Wednesday night at 6, streaming live on the MyTeams app.

Andrew Bogut and his wife have two kids. The oldest is about 2 1/2 years old, and the youngest is about 9 months old.

That means the big man wasn't a father during his first run with the Warriors, which ended in July 2016 when he was traded to Dallas.

“Having two kids totally changed his life,” Golden State coach Steve Kerr told Ethan Strauss of The Athletic. “He’s no longer a cynic. He’s just as smart and wise and fun.

"He’s always been a really good dude.”

Bogut agrees that being a father has changed his outlook on life.

“If you do lose or play bad, you get to go home to two kids who don’t give a s--t about it, so it’s a pretty cool thing," Bogut explained to The Athletic. "You can get home from whatever you’re doing, and when you’ve got two kids and one of them s--ts themselves, and you’ve got to change the diaper, you kind of forget about all the bad things you’re going through.”

Speaking as somebody who became a father three months ago, this is absolutely correct.

Bogut -- who started five games during the regular season -- jumped center in Games 3 and 4 of the NBA playoff series against the Clippers in place of the injured DeMarcus Cousins:
Game 3 = eight points, 14 rebounds, five assists, steal, block
Game 4 = eight points, 10 rebounds, four assists

He's helping on the court and in the locker room, where he's respected by all.

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“He’s still an a--hole, that ain't changed,” Kevon Looney told The Athletic, while smiling. “But he was always nice to his teammates, and he’s great to me. I say he’s probably the smartest, one of the smartest basketball players I ever played with.

"Him and Andre [Iguodala] and Draymond [Green], IQ level is crazy.”

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Rockets GM Daryl Morey agrees facing Warriors in semis could be better

Rockets GM Daryl Morey agrees facing Warriors in semis could be better

Programming note: Watch the pregame edition of Warriors Outsiders on Wednesday night at 6, streaming live on the MyTeams app.

On the last day of the NBA's regular season, the following two things happened:
1) The Blazers -- who rested their top guys and only played six players -- erased a 28-point deficit and beat the Kings
2) The Nuggets -- who were down at home by 11 points with a little over three minutes left -- stormed back and beat the Wolves

As a result, Denver finished with the No. 2 seed and Portland with the No. 3 seed.

The main takeaway? The Rockets entered the playoffs at No. 4 seed, which meant a potential showdown with the Warriors in the Western Conference Semifinals. It became impossible for there to be a rematch between Golden State and Houston in the West Finals.

Rockets GM Daryl Morey was recently a guest on The Bill Simmons Podcast and he was asked if potentially facing the Warriors one round earlier could actually be beneficial.

"It's very hard to know. We can't control it. To be frank, we don't spend a lot of time on it but we have talked about it internally," Morey said. "It could work in our favor but it's very hard to know.

"As much as we could get injured, so could they. All I know is that we pretty much knew we were gonna have to beat them, so does the order really matter? Probably not. It would have been nice to get homecourt like last year.

"I think that could be a big factor -- last year at Oracle, their fans are great -- I do think not having homecourt is a factor. I do think we're a better team going into the series. Maybe our odds are similar to last year.

"We do feel very strongly we have a real shot at it. But obviously, they're the champs three of the last four years for a reason."

Simmons followed up by saying: "I was looking at it more like from a health standpoint. The longer the playoffs go, and especially, you know Chris (Paul) has battled nagging injuries his entire career -- you just know that if you can get through this Utah series..."

"We are slightly older than them, so yeah it could work in our favor, yeah," Morey said.

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The health variable is a very fair point. The Rockets currently are up three-games-to-none on the Jazz in their first-round series. And if they complete the sweep in Utah on Monday night, they will get a solid chunk of time to rest before a potential series against the Dubs starts this weekend (assuming the Warriors beat the Clippers in Game 5 on Wednesday).

The rematch seems inevitable at this point and the basketball world deserves both teams to be fully healthy.

Make it happen, Basketball Gods.

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